Luka Modric and Croatia salvaged a point in a 2-2 draw with Slovakia in Osijek on Monday. The 36-year-old captain came through big to pull his national squad level late in the match.
Slovakia would draw first blood as Slavia Prague forward Ivan Schranz opened the scoring with a goal in the 20th minute. Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric answered five minutes later with an equalizing goal of his own.
Prague winger Lukas Haraslin scored right before the end of the first half to give the Slovaks a 2-1 lead. It would take all the way until the 70th minute before Modric would draw the score level off a wonderful set piece.
Lo de la barrera de Eslovaquia ante Modrić es de risa.— ⚽ IÑAKI ⚽ (@InakiFutbol) October 11, 2021
Modric sent it through the Slovakian wall of players for an impressive equalizing goal.
Croatia once again dominated in the stats sheet with 21 shots to Slovakia’s six shots. 10 of those 21 shots were on net while two of Slovakia’s shots were on net and found the back of the net.
For the Croatians its a frustrating draw as they were quite dominant throughout the 90 minutes of the match. This draw and dropping of points sets Croatia back to second in the Group H table as Russia hold sole possession of first after their win against Slovenia.
This is the end of the World Cup qualifiers for a month as Modric and Croatia will not play a international match again until they face Malta on November 11.